Magicians Eric Has Worked With
Over his long career performing as a magician and comedian, Eric Thompson has had the opportunity to work with some of the most famous and highly talented performers in show business. Whether the venue is large or small, the audience is of any demographic, or young or old, The Magic & Comedy of Eric Thompson is a perfect fit.
The Magic & Comedy of Eric Thompson has been performed before of a variety of audiences. From a small comedy club seating, only 100 to an auditorium seating more than 600 to a performing arts music hall filled with nearly 3,000 people, Eric’s act can be adapted for any audience or any occasion.
While there are many more magicians than we could list that Eric has shared the stage with and is influenced by, here are just a few of his favorites.
The Amazing Randi
James Randi is a stage magician and scientific skeptic best known for his challenges to paranormal claims and pseudoscience. He has written about the paranormal phenomena, skepticism, and the history of magic. He was a favorite guest of Johnny Carson and appeared on The Tonight Show and other TV shows several dozen times. He is also a frequent guest on television programs hosted by magicians Penn & Teller.
He began his career as a magician and escape artist in 1946. Shortly afterward, he adopted the name “The Amazing Randi” and continued to use that name until the end of his long career. He appeared on numerous television programs of the day including, NBC’s TODAY SHOW, where he broke Houdini's record of being submerged in a metal coffin in the deep waters of a hotel swimming pool for 104 minutes. This was done live on the NBC morning TV show.
He went on to amaze audiences on stage and on television with stunts like escaping from a straight jacket while suspended upside down over Niagara Falls, all live on television. He worked closely with rocker Alice Cooper on several props and gimmicks for his tour including a guillotine and several other illusions used during Cooper’s stage shows.
With thousands of performances in sold-out theaters around the world, Doug Henning is easily one of the greatest magicians in history. His Broadway shows “Merlin” and “The Magic Show” ran for more than six years. In addition to numerous TV guest appearances, he starred in many television specials featuring his magic and illusion.
Johnny "Ace" Palmer
Palmer’s achievements in the world of magical entertainment are legendary. Johnny has won the Grand Prix of Magic twice, World Champion of Magic, and the Society of American Magicians “Magician Of The Year” Award. He has appeared on “Late Night With David Letterman,” Dick Clark’s “Masters Of Illusion,” and many other TV shows. He regularly performs at The Magic Castle in Hollywood, California.
Magician Steve Simpson has performed magic, escapes, and illusion for more than thirty-five years. He has appeared on several television shows and is listed in The Guinness World Book Of Records for several escapes and illusions. He has won several magic industry awards.
Penn & Teller
Penn & Teller began performing together in 1975. They have since appeared in their own Broadway show, on hundreds of television programs, movies, music videos and talk shows. Their Las Vegas show at The Rio has been a mainstay since 2001. During their breaks form the Rio the pair has toured the world to sell out crowds. The pair has written nearly a dozen books on magic, mentalism, weight loss, politics, and religion. They have had several of their own television shows on several networks. They hold many records to show business success. They are the longest running headlining act in Las Vegas history. Their shows have sold more tickets than any other Vegas act. Their television shows have been nominated for more than a dozen Emmy Awards. They have been the answer to New York Times Crossword Puzzles, Jeopardy and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire game show questions, they are cultural icons as well as triumphant kings of comedy and serious magic performance. Their 2017 six week engagement on Broadway is the highest grossing nonmusical in Broadway history.
Mac King is a comedy magician who has performed at Harrah’s Casino in Las Vegas for more than a decade. He has performed on many television shows including An Evening At The Improv, Comic Strip Live, The World’s Greatest Magic, Donny & Marie, Penn & Teller. David Letterman calls Mac King the world’s greatest comedy magician. The Magic Castle named King their Magician Of The Year. Travel magazines and Las Vegas media consistently call Mac King the best of Las Vegas entertainers year after year.
Piff the Magic Dragon
Piff The Magic Dragon (John van der Put) is a magician & comedian from England. He has appeared on numerous television shows in both the UK and the USA, including America’s Got Talent and Penn & Teller’s Fool Us. He won the Critic’s Choice Award, Best Production Award and The Best Comedy Award at the 2009 Buxton Fringe Festival. Piff has had national tours of the United Kingdom and Australia, including sold-out runs at the Soho Theater and Sydney Opera House. He won the British Ring Close-up Magician of the Year, The Magic Circle’s Close-Up Magician of the year and Stage Magician of the year. He has a nightly show at The Flamingo Casino & Hotel on The Strip in Las Vegas and is a magic consultant to Penn & Teller. He performs dressed in a dragon costume as Piff The Magic Dragon. He is assisted on stage by a small dog, also dressed in a matching dragon costume. The dog, known as Mr. Piffles, is billed as the only magic performing dog in the world, plays a major roll in Piff’s stage show.